Agenda and minutes

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor P Brown and H Hopkins and H Jackson Co-opted Members.


Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct




(a)  Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and


(b)  Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave


No Declarations of Interest were made.


Economic Growth Strategy and Partnership pdf icon PDF 311 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration


The Chair welcomed Alyn Owen, Chris Long, Jared Green and Deb Ryan-Newton to the Meeting.


Alyn Owen referred the Committee to the ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Partnership’ report and together with the other Officers responded in detail to the following questions that were raised:


·         Paragraph 1.2 – Who is the point of contact – Who forms the Strategic and Operational groups – Is there a criteria list that residents can access – What does each group do – Who do they feed back to – What is the involvement of Partners

·         How are Outcomes measured – Are there targets to see how well the Council is doing

·         Further explanation requested in relation to ‘Visual Modular’

·         Is there a shortfall of skills in a particular area – Training for this shortfall

·         Staff Retention

·         Working families living in poverty – Is enough being done to bring wages into the County Borough

·         What scope is there to offer training facilities within Companies

·         The impact of Brexit

·         Request for a diagram illustrating how the groups are linked together


Resolved that:


The progress made to date on the production of an Economic Growth Strategy be noted.


The Chair then thanked the Officers for the update to the Committee.



Introduction to the Geosense Intelligence System


The Chair welcomed Rhian Prosser and Lance Whiteley to the Meeting.


Chris Long outlined to the Committee the function of the Geosense Intelligence System in that it was a digital footfall system to show economic activity in the Town Centre.


Lance Whiteley then made a Presentation to the Committee giving details of the System and how it works.


The following questions were then raised by the Committee on the System and were responded to in detail by the Officers:


·         GDPR Implications

·         Difference between those working and those shopping in the Town Centre

·         Expansion Costs

·         What are the trends that can been seen

·         Percentage of vacant properties – Position of the County Borough against the Welsh average

·         Can there be benchmarking against a similar Town


The Chair then thanked the Officers for attending and the Presentation to the Committee. 



Welsh National Library Standards pdf icon PDF 264 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration

Additional documents:


Resolved that:


This item be deferred.


Work Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 384 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Work Programme’ report and the Committee agreed the Programme.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions


The Chair advised that there was no update for this item.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the issues that had been considered at the Meeting.


Any Other Business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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